Okay, so I know that I am a grown ass adult and that things like this are probably unnecessary for me…but DotD headquarters desperately needs this Mission Control Desk. Jeff Highsmith of Make Magazine created this beautiful piece of handiwork for his son so that he’d have a unique and fun space to do his homework (though, I don’t know how much homework I’d actually want to do if this was waiting just below it). Watch the video below to see how it’s done.
Now, when I first started watching the video, I thought to myself, “Oh, this doesn’t look that hard. That desk seems pretty easy to put together and I could totally do all of this.” But then I kept watching. And kept watching. And kept watching. And then I thought to myself, “HAHAHA, I’m just gonna call Jeff and ask him to make me one.” Not that I know Jeff, I just figured it’d be easier than all of that.
This is seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, especially for a home build. I’m thoroughly impressed with Jeff Highsmith and if he wants to build a DotD-themed one, I would be ever so grateful.
If you think this is something you want to do, check out the full spread here on Make.
An art installation at the Royal Academy in London is using digital projection to turn any hard surface into a harmonic instrument. Contact designed by creative artist Felix Faire ”translates recognized impulses into melodic notes using contact microphones, passive sonar and waveform analysis.”
Basically, it’s an audio interface that uses acoustic vibrations generated from a simple wooden surface to create music. And better yet, the “code will be opensource and available on github.”
Below is a video about the history of the project.
I wanna see this thing a parties everywhere!!
Aw, yeah. You get down with your bad self. No, really, because if someone you’re dating ever sees this pillow, you’ll be the only one left who will get down with you. Fapping all day every day for the rest of your life.
Anyway, if you need to practice making out with someone, but don’t want to use a real person, then this instructional from Emily Grace King will show you how to make your own pillow using a CPR dummy’s face. Or you could instead just get drunk and practice on random, willing strangers in bars. That’s what I did in college and I turned out alright.
Makeout Bandit (no really, that was my college nickname), signing out.
The research group Embodied Interaction has developed conductive paper that is a cuttable multi-touch sensor. The prototype can be cut and manipulated by the user to modify and create real-world objects and surfaces that are touch-sensitive.
According to the Youtube:
We propose cutting as a novel paradigm for ad-hoc customization of printed electronic components. As a first instantiation, we contribute a printed capacitive multi-touch sensor, which can be cut by the end-user to modify its size and shape. This very direct manipulation allows the end-user to easily make real-world objects and surfaces touch-interactive, to augment physical prototypes and to enhance paper craft. We contribute a set of technical principles for the design of printable circuitry that makes the sensor more robust against cuts, damages and removed areas. This includes novel physical topologies and printed forward error correction. A technical evaluation compares different topologies and shows that the sensor remains functional when cut to a different shape.
It’s pretty neat when you start to think of all the possible ways you could put this technology to work.
I saw some blog post similar to this around December of last year that mentioned the one habit of successful people is listening to audio books on their commutes. So, one of my “New Years Resolutions” was to start listening to audio books on my commutes to and from work. I’m currently listening to The War of Art:Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield and I’m really loving it! I like the feeling of accomplishing two things at once AND the book’s pretty good too.